NTSB Identification: MIA94LA126.
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Accident occurred Sunday, April 24, 1994 in BUNNELL, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/18/1994
Aircraft: PARSONS BP GYRO, registration: N54WP
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The commercial pilot/certified flight instructor and student pilot were on initial takeoff climb at about 150 to 200 feet agl on a crosswind turn when the gryoplane experienced a total loss of engine power. A forced landing was initiated and the gyroplane touched down on the nose gear, nosed over and came to rest on its right side. Examination of the gyroplane by the FAA and the pilot-in-command revealed the alternator drive belt failed for undetermined reasons, and severed the ignition wires.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

THE PILOT-IN-COMMAND'S IMPROPER USE OF THE FLIGHT CONTROLS DURING LANDING FLARE TOUCHDOWN, RESULTING IN THE GYROPLANE TOUCHING DOWN ON THE NOSE GEAR, AND SUBSEQUENT NOSE OVER. THE LOSS OF ENGINE POWER WAS ALSO A CAUSE.

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